I have spent a lot of time since May making many holiday creations from vintage materials in preparation for two back-to-back craft shows this upcoming holiday season. They are slowly pushing me out of the house! I have decided to list some of these creations in Dime Store Chic to give those of you fabulous people in the World Wide Web dibs on these one-of-a-kind holiday creations!
Let's start with the biggest holiday decoration I have created from a wonderful metal Radio Flyer red wagon! A fun centerpiece!
A delightful vintage deer with bottle brush tree and LOTS of vintage glass ornaments!
And a sweet kitty with a tree and LOADS of vintage glass ornaments!
A wreath bathed in pink, silver, and gold vintage glass ornaments and sweet wooden Irmi angels!
If you want a closer look, please visit Dime Store Chic!~~Thanks so much!~~XXOO, Beth
This past weekend hubby and I drove the annual Route 11 Yard crawl between Stephen's City and New Market, VA along the super scenic (Shenandoah) Valley Pike aka Route 11.
On Friday we headed west and went up to Winchester first thing in the morning to see some of the town before we hit any Route 11 sales (Saturday is the officlal day of the sales, but there are some Friday sales). We played tourists for about an hour seeing several historic buildings:
The headquarters of Civil War Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Hubby gets a big thrill seeing Civil War places.
And another view.
And to satisfy Hubby's Civil War history Jones, we stopped at the old Winchester Courthouse where in this yard 1200 Union troops sat inside a metal fence as prisoners. Incredible.
The historic landmark I most wanted to see in Winchester is the home of the greatest country singer in the world: Patsy Cline.
I mean, who doesn't love the music of Patsy Cline? It was a thrill to see her home.
On to the Route 11 Yard Crawl...
If you were behind me on the route this is what you saw! Mary Randolph Carter kindly sent me this great sticker which I proudly put on my car as we filled it with goodies!
We can never get enough of the view.
So many cute houses with front yards full of goods!
The Edinburg Mill had a nice large clusger of vendors.
Hubby looked at a lot of rifles but true to his thrifty soul he bought none. He just likes looking.
At one of the stops we saw this worn "Chicken in the Rough" sign from a restaurant chain that went out of business in the early 1960's. Cool image!
Awesome trunk in front of an awesome old and falling down house.
In addition to fun used goods, you could buy produce and chickens!
Or you could buy one sweet ride!
You could take that sweet ride over a wonderful covered bridge just off the route.
Sometimes we crawled. It gave us a chance to look and see if we wanted to stop.
Near Stephen's City is the Family Drive-In and behind the screen is a nice cluster of vendors!
For us doing the yard crawl in two days was the way to go. There are just so many vendors on Saturday that getting some of the Friday vendors out of the way gave us more freedom on Saturday to hit more stops. Suncreen and water is a must. So are lots of small bills and chnage. It's amazing how much you can buy for 25 cents! We filled the way back and the back seat of the Subaru Forrester and arrived home Saturday afternoon. This was the most productive of all the yard crawls we have attended. Here are two sloppy shots of our haul covering the dining room table. This is not everything as some of the larger pieces are on the floor--a vintage rolling shopping basket is one of the goods not pictured and a great score. I've been wanting one.
We just never knew what was around the next corner. That is the best part of treasure hunting. That and the super nice people we met selling their goods!
I did really well in the vintage holiday department. Lots of shiny and brite!
Many goods will be used for future creations and many will go into Dime Store Chic. Two days of leaping in and out of the car was exhausting but richly rewarded!~~~XXOO, Beth